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I made three necklaces today! I’ll show you two of them. The other is for a challenge next week. I’ve been watching presentations at The Great Bead Extravaganza – Midsummer Market this weekend. Andrew Thornton did a thrown down challenge – make something with blue, the number 6 (however we interpret that) and a natural material. I love that sort of challenge because it’s very specific yet totally open, so it really gets the creative juices flowing. If you aren’t a member of The Great Bead Extravaganza, you can join and watch any of the presentations you missed from this weekend and previous presentations.

Necklace with purple, cream and beige chip heishi shape beads with silver seed beads in between. Pendant is a pottery shard - leaf and butterfly wing design - with decorative solder.

This first necklace uses purple flower opal chip beads and a gorgeous connector from Crow’s Cache Supplies. I’m going to keep this.

Dish with beads - turquoise, horn and glass. On top is a rectangular etched brown shell pendant with a modern design of different squares and rectangles in turquoise.

I came across this Lillypilly pendant in my stash and got out some materials that I thought would go well with it. Here is how it turned out.

Etched shell pendant with necklace of glass seed beads, turquoise chip, horn discs and two larger oval turquoise beads.

This necklace I made for the next Artists for Animals Auction. I like to make pieces over time so I’m not rushing and stressed at the very end. It has horn, glass, and turquoise beads.

I hope you are finding some creative time.